No longer are employees tied to their desks nine to five (or longer). Today eight out of 10 workers say that their companies allow for flexible and mobile work, Plantronics recent “Mobile Collaboration Survey” finds. But while the ability to work anywhere/anytime can boost employee productivity and efficiency – not to mention satisfaction – it poses challenges, especially for IT professionals. On behalf of Plantronics, … Continue reading IT challenged to support growing number of small business remote workers
Employee reviews can be uncomfortable, especially when they involve pointing out areas where small business employees need to improve performance. To be meaningful, managers need to spend time evaluating team members, identifying strengths and weaknesses and also considering what the company can do to help if areas need improvement. For example, managers need to decide if someone will benefit by taking classes, online or out … Continue reading Tips for conducting performance reviews for remote small business employees
Small businesses aren’t letting uncertainty over the upcoming presidential election or holiday shopping dampen their outlook. A just released Fall/Winter Chase Business Leaders Outlook finds that 65% of nearly 900 small businesses surveyed are optimistic about their business over the next 12 months, and 55% feel the same way about their industry. On the economy, small businesses are somewhat less optimistic. Only 49% are optimistic … Continue reading Small businesses hiring is up. Make sure remote employees are productive and engaged
Considering the challenge many small businesses face in finding and retaining good employees (Plantronics survey found that 44 percent of small business owners say attracting and finding quality labor is the biggest HR pain point); you don’t want to lose team members because they feel their opportunities are limited and the company is not investing in their future. Among millennial workers, in particular, employer education … Continue reading Cover all the bases when training remote small business workers
With many small business owners reporting gains in productivity up to 30 percent by adopting mobile work styles, you want to be sure to provide the right support for your remote workers. That means ensuring your mobile team has access to your company data; and there’s more than one way to do that. Cloud storage makes remote access easy Today, storing your data in the … Continue reading Should you choose the cloud or a VPN to support your small business mobile users?